YUCCA VALLEY POOL OPENS TODAY

As we note the official beginning of summer here ins our Morongo Basin, just in time the Yucca Valley pool opens today. Reporter David Knutson says the pool offers many opportunities to cool down… The Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department will begin their summer aquatics programs on June 20

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COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR THIS WEDNESDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

Yucca Valley Mayor Bob Leone will hold “coffee with the mayor” on Wednesday, June 22, and every fourth Wednesday of the month, in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. Join the mayor and town staff for coffee and donuts from 8 to 9 a.m., and discuss your

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HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday, June 20. On the agenda, the council—which represents residents in Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights, and Johnson Valley—will present a slide show of existing and potential industrial solar fields on private lands. Officials from the Sheriff’s Department, county fire, and

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FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer… The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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YUCCA VALLEY POOL OPENS

Fitness is part of the fun this summer at Yucca Valley High School. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the schedule for their pool programs… The Yucca Valley High School pool will be open for water fun and fitness programs throughout the summer. These drop-in style programs do not require registration;

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RETREAT FROM THE HEAT IN THESE COOLING CENTERS

There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open noon to 5 Monday through Thursday; town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to 5. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms,

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, June 20. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Sportsman Club on Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

DESERT RATS

At the Joshua Tree National Park, the term “Desert Rat” has an interesting meaning. Here’s Park Ranger Pam Tripp to explain… What does a “Desert Rat” look like? While initially picturing a variety of rodents, “Desert Rats” are actually those of us who call the desert home. “Desert Rats” can

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HARRISON HOUSE COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE TO HOLD CONCERT

Harrison House presents its composer in residence tonight. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the details… Harrison House will host a concert Saturday, June 18, for its composer-in-residence. Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, performance artist, and musician. He will perform a set of musical compositions written for a traditional single-stringed Vietnamese

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PROPOSAL TO LIMIT BOATING ON LAKE HAVASU SUSPENDED

Of interest to local residents who spend time at the river, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to limit recreational boating activities at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge was suspended earlier this week. After being flooded with public comments and legislative efforts against the proposal, the Fish and Wildlife Service

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BOXOHOUSE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY

BoxoHouse will host an artist’s open house this Sunday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us more about the artist and the art… Works in progress of BoxoHouse artist-in-residence China Adams are the focus of an open house this Sunday, June 19th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Joshua Tree. Adams’

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REMOVE CHILDREN FROM CARS DURING HEAT WAVE

Heatstroke is a leading cause of non‐crash, vehicle-related deaths in young children. With temperatures expected to be over 100 degrees in the Morongo Basin in the coming days, the California Office of Traffic Safety cautions parents, plus anyone transporting pets or the elderly, that leaving them in a hot car,

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FREE CONCERT IN JOSHUA TREE TONIGHT

Musicians hailing from both high and low deserts are gathering in Joshua Tree Sunday for free concerts. The next free concert will be at Art Trap. The acoustic show is from 4 to 7 p.m. and features Grant Earl, Lavalley, Lucky Bones, and Liesl. Art Trap is located at 61961

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EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the hottest days expected to be Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures throughout the Morongo Basin are expected to reach up to 110 in Yucca Valley to 118 degrees in Twentynine Palms. Heat-related

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COOLING CENTERS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There are several cooling centers in the Morongo Basin. In Yucca Valley, the community center is open noon to 5 Monday through Thursday; town offices are open Monday through Thursday 8 to 5. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms,

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FREE SUMMER MEALS AVAILABLE FOR AREA CHILDREN

Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a free lunch and breakfast program is available for children during part of the summer…

The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with

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COUNTY APPROVES MEALS ON WHEELS FOR YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND JOSHUA TREE

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a $9 million contract extension with Family Service Association to provide elderly nutrition program services in the Morongo Basin. FSA will continue to provide in-home meals to seniors in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms and

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FREE FEDERAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Edica Gonzalez has the times and places… The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday.

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CAR HITS GRAVEL TRUCK AND ROLLS ON THE YUCCA GRADE

A man escaped serious injury Thursday after his car rolled multiple times following a crash with a gravel truck. About 3:30 p.m., the unidentified driver in a four-door sedan collided with a gravel truck towing another trailer traveling eastbound on the Yucca Grade just below the top of the hill.

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